I'll bring in an update, now that I'm out. Storm, for me the changes were too little too late. My physical well-being declined fairly rapidly the last half of my career. However, I'm glad to hear they actually started incorporating material that would actually do some good. I've never been one to downplay grappling skills. My biggest complaint has always been that what they teach is impractical for military purposes. Starting on the ground does nothing for the soldier who needs to be able to move. Basic kickboxing would better suit the Army's needs, especially if they handed out something like a rubber ducky or jo staff, which had to be held on to throughout training (minus disarm specific training).

The other issue is the Army never devoted the necessary time to training in h2h. If we had spent more time in the gym as a unit, or on the grass, then the ground game could have been taught more practically. Once a week, or once a month, is simply not enough. And, what's worse, is that if I had been able to spend three days a week hitting a heavy bag when I couldn't train, I might have been better able to maintain my physical health.

Israel stands out as the example. Krav Maga is still a requirement during service. It's simple enough to teach someone in a few short weeks and be able to use effectively when the scenario arises. You don't have to be that good, just good enough. That's what a military needs to train.